6 Things That Happened On – 7th August

Books, History, Literature, On This Day

1606 –  The first documented performance of Macbeth performed at the Great Hall at Hampton Court.

1782 – George Washington orders the creation of the Badge of Military Merit to honour soldiers wounded in battle, the decoration that will later be known as the Purple Heart.

1914 –  Lord Kitchener says “Your country needs you“, spawning the spread of the famous poster all over UK

1960 – Côte d’Ivoire becomes independent from France.

1965 – The infamous first Reyes party between Ken Kesey‘s Merry Pranksters and motorcycle gang the Hells Angels takes place at Kesey’s estate in La Honda, California.

1970 – California judge Harold Haley is taken hostage in his courtroom and killed during an effort to free George Jackson from police custody.

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